As TCKs, we’ve been blessed with a lifetime of unique cultural experiences. If we use that same awareness that we’ve developed and keep an open mind, it can go a long way towards making the transition easier – and maybe even fun.
You’re a freshman now — no obligations, no history — you have a blank slate in a new place. That is an incredible opportunity.
If you expect others to understand your unique TCK background and experiences, then you should also take the time to understand and appreciate their background, too.
Writing a paper or doing a project on the country you lived in as a kid will often lead to seeing your home in a whole new light. There are often so many political and social issues that you don’t always notice when growing up abroad, and now that you’re outside of the country, you can study it with a new perspective.
You might look and sound like an American, but we know that you’re a cultural n00b. Here, the Denizen editorial team helps explain some tricky American quirks that college TCKs may stumble upon.